Sept. 3 Obituaries

Bill Ward, 52 Mr. Bill Ward, 52, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at his home. He was born on June 9, 1952, in Ruidoso, to Jessie and John H. Ward. He grew up in Ruidoso. He was living in Central Valley, Calif. when he graduated from high school. He returned to Ruidoso for […]

Organizers hope to make derby a popular trend

By Tony Parra Organizers of the demolition derby at the Roosevelt County Fair are hoping to create a tradition which will last for a long time, with the second annual derby on Saturday night. The second annual demolition derby will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the special events arena. Scott Tucker, one […]

Fort Sumner dispute comes before judge

By Mike Linn A district judge on Thursday advised lawyers for the De Baca County sheriff and the county commission to try to resolve issues related to an extended feud between the two outside of court. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley also overruled an ex-parte order signed by District Judge Joe Parker two weeks […]

Former Cannon airman sentenced for abuse

By Mike Linn Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Cannon Air Force Base airman to 12 years in prison in connection with the December 2002 death of her 15-month-old son. Alesia Thomas, 22, faced a maximum penalty of 18 years after entering an Alford plea — maintaining innocence of the […]

Judge refuses Moshier’s release request

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker denied Brian Moshier’s request for release from incarceration to house arrest on Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Moshier’s attorney, Gary Mitchell, presented a motion to amend conditions of Moshier’s release because of Moshier’s medical conditions. Mitchell said his client is suffering from lung problems, due […]

Portales to pick up its trash

MIchelle Seeber Clean and Beautiful. That’s how organizers of the Clean and Beautiful Committee want Portales to look by the end of the day Saturday. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautiful coordinator and the city’s administrative assistant, said she is calling on volunteers from throughout Portales to participate in the city-wide trash cleanup that day. Groups […]

PHS Tennis teams beat Artesia

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday gave the opportunity for rain and a small opportunity for a Portales tennis letdown. The team was able to avoid both. Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, the Portales High tennis boys and girls teams took care of visiting Artesia by identical 9-0 counts. Portales coach Bill Wahlman […]

Parker sworn in as district court judge

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Tony Parra The 9th Judicial District Court is now complete after Joe Parker was sworn in by district judge Stephen Quinn on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. “He’s going to hit the ground running,” Quinn said about Parker’s new position. “He’s going to start (this) morning. We’ve been extremely busy (with […]

Governor appoints Clovis man to District Court

Gary Mitchell When Ramona Parker found out the governor appointed her husband, Joe, to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court bench, she realized she had just lost her job. Ramona Parker is her husband’s bookkeeper and business manager for his law firm, but she won’t be making the transition to the Curry […]

Dora residents assured mail delivery

Mike Linn DORA — No P. O. Box, no problem. Dora residents frustrated about returned mail heard good news Tuesday night when state post office officials promised to deliver mail as long as it made it to Dora. The decision presented to some 20 Dora residents at the Dora Community Center comes after months of […]

Two finalists left in judicial nominations

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis attorneys Robert S. Orlik and Alvin Joe Parker are finalists to fill a vacant judge’s seat in the district court that serves Curry and Roosevelt counties. The two selected from among six candidates by a special panel that met Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. The next step for Orlik and […]

Dora residents mad over mail

Mike Linn A group of Dora residents are afraid the local postmaster is inking up the “Return to Sender” stamp, and may start using it frequently in the near future. Dora resident Elmer Reed gathered 13 signatures opposing a new post office policy effective Sept. 6 that would return mail back to senders if they […]